1. If a website is not secure, do not buy something. Simply search for at the web address when you are shopping. If you notice an "https" rather than an "http," you can feel confident enough to insert your credit card information. However, if there is no "s" inside the address, start working on a different site to be in the safe side.
2. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing exactly what was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a copy of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Make sure to save any emails about your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
3. Learn more about the payment methods available from the online store you are interested in. Most stores provide you with the option to pay with a credit card or with PayPal. A credit card is a safe option only if the store has a secure server. If you do not see any information about safety, it is recommended to go through an alternative store.
4. Before shopping from a store that is a new comer to you, discover what the store's reputation is much like. You can usually do an online search and find out what others think of the business. It is best to do this so you may not find out the difficult way and lose your money.
5. When shopping online, always try to keep in mind the price of shipping. Many sites offer free shipping on purchases over a certain amount. In the event that you have to pay shipping, make sure that it is going to squeeze into your budget after you've added everything in your cart. Using a full cart only to find out you cannot afford the shipping is never a fun experience.